Ethics and Professional Practice

  • Online delivery
  • eClass
  • 39 hour course, no prerequisites

Ethics and pro­fes­sion­al prac­tice cov­ers man­age­ment eth­i­cal issues with­in the legal, reg­u­la­to­ry, and social con­text, eth­i­cal issues of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­sul­ta­tion fac­ing OHS Pro­fes­sion­als, and eth­i­cal deci­sion-mak­ing in the con­text of cor­po­rate and per­son­al respon­si­bil­i­ties. The course pro­vides stu­dents with the­o­ret­i­cal back­ground (mod­els and frame­works), prac­ti­cal skills (assess­ment, delib­er­a­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion), and pro­fes­sion­al tools (codes of con­duct and legal frame­works). The­ses out­comes enable the OHS Pro­fes­sion­al to under­stand ana­lyze, nego­ti­ate, and act in accor­dance with inter­na­tion­al, nation­al, cor­po­rate, and per­son­al standards.

Course at a glance
  • Course offered in a blended (online + in-class) learning format.
  • Aimed at entry-level and practicing health and safety coordinators, professionals, officers, technicians, supervisors, trainers, management, and administrators.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the difference between ethics and law.
  • Explore the requirements of strong, ethical practice.
  • Discuss the consequences (both legal and otherwise) of failing to meet ethical requirements.
  • Explore and analyze ethical dilemmas in occupational health and safety.
Take note:

  • This is a blended (online + in-class) course; its online components are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Pre- and post-course activities are required as part of this course. Pre-course instructions and materials are available on eClass one week prior to the course start date; advanced registration is advised.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablets to class.

Required reading material (bring it with you to class): Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, Regulation and Code, Alberta Queen’s Printer (

This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.


Overall Schedule
Feb 1 — pre-class information opens

Students in this course section may have pre-class readings or assessments to complete.

Lecture/Class Schedule
Feb 6Feb 9

8:30 am – 5:00 pm


8:30 am – 5:00 pm





8:30 am – 5:00 pm


8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Feb 23 — post-class component closes

Students in this section may have post-class readings or assessments to complete.

Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

39 hours of instruction

In synchronous online courses, students move through the course material at the same pace as their peers. These courses also provide learners with pre-scheduled online lectures that have the instructor and students interacting at the same time. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Mark Greene

Your Instructor

Mark Greene

Since 2001, Mark Greene has worked for Alberta Justice, where he is currently the lead civil legal counsel for Occupational Health and Safety. Mark also provides advice to many government departments in respect to occupational health and safety issues. His background experience includes environmental law, transportation safety law, family law (family protection), and legal counsel to the Law Enforcement Review Board. Mark has been a guest speaker at many events, including conferences hosted by the Health and Safety Conference Society of Alberta, Canadian Society of Safety Engineers, the Alberta Construction Safety Association, Residential Construction Industry Conference, and the Petroleum Safety Association of Canada.



Alberta Oh&s Acts, Regulations And Codes
Class info
Currently counts towards

* If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

Looking for different course dates?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

  • Offered now
  • Online delivery
  • 39 hour course, no prerequisites

A note about courses during COVID-19: all online

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If you do see a course or program on our website announced as an in-person or downtown Edmonton offering, please disregard the format – but not the course. There will be no in-person offerings through the Faculty of Extension for the Winter, Spring, and Summer 2021 terms.

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